Spyshots: 2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake

2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake2012 Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake
About a year ago, Mercedes officially announced they were going to produce a the CLS Shooting Brake, an estate with good looks that will hit the market next year. With so little time left until the reveal, it’s no wonder the prototype that was recently caught testing looks as ready as it will ever be.
The CLS Shooting Brake will be built at the Sindelfingen plant, where C-Klasse sedan, the E-Klasse sedan and estate, the S-Klasse and the CLS and CL coupes, as well as the Maybach models and Mercedes-Benz Guard vehicles are put together.

The Shooting Brake will be underpinned by the same platform as the CLS and the E-Klasse Sedan.

“The decision to build the CLS Shooting Brake underscores the leading role of Mercedes-Benz in regards of innovative passenger car concepts and design – and that is exactly what the customers expect from us,” stated Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.

The engine lineup is sure to be borrowed from its four-door coupe brother, and we’re hoping there will also be an AMG version, powered by the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8. Mercedes’ new four-cylinder engines are also likely to be introduced at the bottom of the range.

It will hit the showrooms in the US along the CLC coupe in 2014 as confirmed by Mercedes-Benz insiders. Oh, and it might be called the CLC.

“This new model with its high emotional appeal is another highlight for the Sindelfingen plant. The location decision is an evidence for the significance of the plant as competence centre for the luxury class. The CLS Shooting Brake will contribute to a sustainable capacity utilization in this core location of our production network,” said Wolfgang Bernhard, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG for Production and Procurement Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans.
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